Coronary Artery Calcium Score

Coronary Artery Calcium Score

A coronary calcium score is a special CAT scan of the heart that detects calcium deposits in the heart arteries. When calcified plaque is detected, it means that you are building plaque in your heart arteries that can put you at risk for heart attack.

A buildup of calcium can narrow the arteries and reduce blood flow to the heart. A coronary calcium scan may show coronary artery disease before you have symptoms.

Coronary Artery Calcium Score results can add additional information about the risk of heart attack or stroke. Results from the CAC score may be used to guide or change treatment for the prevention of more serious coronary artery disease.

A coronary calcium score is done to check for calcified plaque in the arteries that supply the heart.
Plaque collects slowly over time, long before there are any symptoms of coronary artery disease. Over time, the soft plaque in your heart arteries may calcify, which can be detected and measured by the CAC score.

A coronary calcium scan may help you understand the risk of heart disease and guide the modification of your risk factor modification plan for the prevention of more serious heart disease.

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